The Mayor Takes A Holiday

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You can see her damaged neck in this picture. Poor thing! Bless her heart, she was determined to go…

“You are the best helper ever!” I exclaimed. And Georgette was. She truly was! Turning her head this way and that so that I could finish the work on her shoulder plate and around her neck. “Oh, no!” I cried. “What’s wrong?” a worried Georgette asked. “I’m sorry, Georgette. Today’s not your day. You’re going to need a lot more repair.” I showed her the large chunk of compo that had just come off the center of her neck. “There’s no way the milliput will dry in time…”

“But I have to go today! You promised!” Georgette insisted.

She is absolutely right. And I’m a chick of my word…

Last week The Mayor, aka my sister Julie, took some time off and we finally did what we’ve been trying to do for a long time: we had a movie date! Except in this case the “movie” was two episodes of the latest season of Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey HAT1I ignored the fact that it was already Tuesday and I hadn’t yet figured out what type of clothing I was going to make for my next O.L.D. The afternoons when Julie and I are both free are few and far between!

O.L.D. No. 00031 is a Madame Alexander “Special Girl” and her name is Georgette.

So there Julie and I lay in the specially made nest that Julie created for us in her movie room. Pillows and fur blankets with buffalo chicken wraps and Good & Plenty’s a-plenty. And we watched. And I was inspired.

Inspired by the hat of a so far minor character. It was swoopy! It was one-sided! And it had a tassel hanging from that one side, dangling ever so fetchingly! I designed Georgette’s entire outfit based on that hat. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThank you, Downton Abbey! Once again, you’ve come through for me.

Granted, I didn’t get it identical, I only got it similar. Did I mention there were Good & Plenty’s? And gummi peach rings? Oh. Well, there WERE. I got Georgette’s hat the way I remembered it amidst the feasting.

Downton 1920s coatI lay in bed at night thinking of these things. How can I get the swoop I want and what materials to use. I knew I wanted to use chipboard for the brim. But it has a grain, and with the direction of the grain and the length required, I would need more than one sheet. How to make it seamless without a crease? Hmm…TWO layers. Wait! That would be too stiff! All right, a staggered layer then…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHer coat was based on a coat that I’d also seen that seemed the right era. And on one of Mary’s coats that I found in my research, I finally figured out a way to do a buttonhole with little risk: A placket!

Georgette also represents the first in what I am calling “The Ann Series.” Remember how I used the last of my “Handmade by Ruth” tags? Well, I found those other tags I bought at the same time that say, “Specially Hand Made by Ann.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI realize of course that my name isn’t Ann. But these are nifty vintage tags and I was having tag withdrawal and Julie’s middle name is Ann! So, HAH! A connection! Plus, I’m noting it on the tag so that when any of the Ann series appears on “The Antique’s Roadshow” of 2172 or thereabouts, the appraiser will know it’s genuine. There are six “Ann” tags in all…

In the meantime, I still have a little more work to do on Georgette’s shoulder plate. And the next O.L.D. is just a twinkle in my eye. Here’s a hint: there shall be singing.

Rosemary and her baby and her baby’s baby were adopted by…Michelle E. of Colorado! The latest streak continues! Thank you, Michelle. You’re a mysterious angel…

With that, I leave you! Happy Wednesday, this is Ann saying you’re my favorite!


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6 Commentsto The Mayor Takes A Holiday

  1. Jule Hudgens says:

    What another creation you have made!! And I love the hat too!Ann you are so creative!! Always fun to read your blog.

    • Ruth says:

      So funny! I read your comment and thought, “Oh no, Jule is losing her mind. She thinks my name is Ann….”

      HAH!! Turns out it’s ME that’s lost her mind! And I JUST WROTE THIS LAST NIGHT!!! Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear…

      Thank you Jules! I needed that laugh…


  2. Sue Ann Blott says:

    Greetings Ruth “ANN”…Love it! The Ann is special, so hope to win one this time! As always you outdid yourself! You need to take time for yourself & your sister (the Mayor), & the movie night was just what you both needed! Love the OLD 31 & you ANN are my favorite! Doll Hugs, Sue Ann

    • Ruth says:

      Hey, that’s right! Your middle namish is Ann too! Without an “E” – just like Julie’s! MAYBE you ARE Julie! Come to think of it, I’ve never seen the two of you in the same room together. Come to think of it, I’ve never actually seen you, period…

      THANK YOU, Sue ANN!! I’ll wish you luck! I finally got the repair pictures up…



  3. Sarah says:

    Dearest Neighbor Girl!
    How adorable! That is an amazingly sweet gal with such a fetching hat. I can just see you and sis enjoying a movie date—simply divine. Downton Abbey is a favorite of mine and so are you!
    It’s a hot chocolate day today….enjoy!

    • Ruth says:

      HOT CHOCOLATE!! CHECK. Thank you so much, O Neighbor Girl up the street! Yep, Julie and I have a grand old time – don’t know what I’d do without her…

      Downton Abbey Rules!